Hello, I'm an integrative Psychosynthesis counsellor based in central Bristol, working with people who are experiencing many different issues, including but not limited to:
- depression, anxiety, anger/rage, loss and grief
- relationship issues including co-dependency and abusive dynamics
- childhood trauma
- self-esteem issues and feelings of worthlessness
- repetitive automatic negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours
- suicidal feelings and self-harming behaviour
- eating disorders
- emotional dys-regulation and BPD'
- difficulties with major life changes and transitions
If you are experiencing anything from the above list at the moment, I will be able to help you.
I create a warm, friendly and accepting atmosphere with clients when I work with them. I also listen to my clients deeply and attentively. I am aware from my own experience in therapy that feeling heard, seen and understood is crucial if counselling is to be helpful and transformative.
The basic principles of empathy, congruence and unconditional acceptance are fundamental to my work with clients; this is the therapeutic 'ground' that I use in my counselling practice.
I also understand that the therapeutic relationship grows over time in an organic way by myself and my client spending time together once a week; a sense of mutual trust and understanding will emerge in its own time.
This in turn encourages deeper levels of honesty and authenticity in the counselling room, it can be a profound experience for a client when they take the risk of opening up and saying something to me that they may not have said to anyone before, and discover that it was safe for them to do so and nothing bad happened.
There are many layers to our psyche; these layers can be slowly uncovered and explored, while healing and releasing anything that may need to be during this process of exploration. I meet my clients where they are and I work at their pace.
** If you are considering working with me I am happy to arrange a free 20 minute phone call after we have made initial contact, in order for us to speak briefly to find out what you are looking to get from counselling and what it is like to work with me **
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm trained in Psychosynthesis counselling. Psychosynthesis is a holistic system of therapy which looks at us in our entirety, our wholeness. It fully acknowledges both our human nature and our spiritual or 'Transpersonal' nature.
In this system we can work with all of our wounding, pain, trauma and loss and also have our higher potential and abilities seen, nurtured and developed.
If you are coming to counselling having experienced pain, wounding, trauma, or loss, it would be normal for you to become emotional while we work together.
I have found this to be very important in helpful therapy; to help my clients feel their feelings and express their emotions while being an accepting, loving witness to this process.
This usually re-assures my clients that it is healthy and safe for them to express what they have been carrying inside them, sometimes for many years.
Working at psychological depth is challenging and requires commitment and integrity from both myself and my client.
The fact that I have a Transpersonal orientation means that my work specifically includes elements of mindfulness and somatic awareness, creative visualisation, guided imagery and meditation, sub-personality work, dream analysis and more.
Psychosynthesis is a very open and adaptable system; it's integrative by its very nature. Due to this fact I sometimes use ideas or techniques from other therapeutic systems, depending on what your needs may be.
These include; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, psycho-educational work, the 'Focusing' method, inner child work, emotional self-regulation, writing and journaling and 'homework' between sessions in whatever form seems most appropriate.
Prior to my work as a counsellor I worked for many years with people with severe behavioural difficulties and mental health issues, this gave my life meaning and fulfilment and also gave me a deep experiential understanding which has stood me in good stead for the work I now do.
I have a long background of practice in Ashtanga Yoga and several Buddhist traditions of meditation practice, which I draw on to inform the Transpersonal approach I use in my counselling. I also have many years of study in the western and Indian Vedic astrological systems, this is something I am happy to include in my work with a client if they have an interest in this area.
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis - Psychosynthesis Trust, London.
- Certificate in Regression Therapy from Woolger International.
- 500 hour Yoga teacher training certificate from Yogasara Academy, Bristol.
- BSc (Hons) Psychology - UWE University, Bristol.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
** I am only working online via 'Zoom' until the Covid situation is significantly stabilized**
I offer a free initial 30 -45 minute telephone conversation, where we can both talk and get a sense of whether it would be appropriate for us to work together.
The first paid session is an assessment, which costs £40.
All paid sessions last for 50 minutes.
I do have a limited number of slots for clients who require a reduced rate, this is something I would be happy to discuss further with you if it looks like we will work together.
I have flexible availability, please get in touch with me if you wish to arrange a short phone call or alternatively a full assessment session.
I am able to offer online sessions, via 'Zoom' as well as face to face sessions, in the central Bristol area.